in William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780226502595
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226502618 | DOI:

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the relevance of William Blake's poetry and visual art for the understanding the history of England in the 1790s. It suggests that Blake was able to imagine and sustain alternatives to the hegemonic tendency in 1790s radicalism from antinomian tradition, which survived well into his own time. This chapter argues that Blake's works were considered nothing more than bizarre oddities because they were aimed for an audience that literally did not exist, that no longer existed, or that does not yet exist.

Keywords: William Blake; poetry; visual art; history of England; hegemonic tendency; radicalism; antinomian tradition

Chapter.  5542 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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